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The following is from Geoffrey Ambridge, whose dad was one of the co-founders and wrote me.

"Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd. (DCMT), as it became known, started out in 1939 as a business called: "Toys and Houseware" situated in two large, under street-level, lock-up garages beneath a petrol/gas filling station forecourt in Green Lanes, Palmers Green, north London. After a couple of changes of nondescript brand names before 1950/51, such as "Slikka Toys" and "DCMT", the founder Directors finally decided on the name "Lone Star Products" inspired by, and following the production of, their first 'Western' style cap pistol called the "Lone Star" introduced in 1949 and which bore interior "Slikka Toy" markings. This was the first of over 220 toy guns over a span of some 38 years, produced by "Lone Star", the Toy Division of DCMT, the latter being responsible solely for the manufacture, construction and sale of the die-casting machines, themselves, to other producers of zinc-alloy and plastic castings. The "Lone Star" company expanded to two additional factory premises in and around Hatfield, in south Hertfordshire, U.K.; the larger being at Hatfield, was brand-new, built 1955 and opened the following year, followed in 1959 by an older factory at Welham Green, about two miles south of Hatfield."

You can find out more about Lone Star by visiting
Geoff's fine website about Lone Star at:
http://www.lone-star-diecast-bk.com/


(The following are my words about Lone Star...) Die Casting Machine Tools Ltd. (formerly of Palmers Green, London, U.K.)DCMT, as it became known capitalized on the surge of popularity of Toy Cap Guns around the world and made a lot of fine pistols that were for the American West.

Besides guns that were "generic" Lone Star also made guns that were dedicated to people like Roy Rogers. Some of their guns are among the rarest and are good finds for you collectors.
NICHOLS GUNS
(in Uncle Talley's order)





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(Thank you for some of you have contributed generously and have helped us stay alive!)
Normally I don't grovel and beg for money, but I am past that stage. Originally we had quite a few who helped us each month by contributing a little to our cause of maintaining this website. Not so much anymore. It's a trickle now.

ONE WAY TO CONTRIBUTE IS ALSO TO PURCHASE THE GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS AS IN THE AD JUST ABOVE HERE!
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Hundreds of wonderful people for over 12 years!

Also...The Internet wants a "mobile-friendly" website and we don't know how to convert a 7,000+ page custom website over to a format where you can always read it on a smartphone or tablet. Even Google said that this is the largest "Static" website on the entire internet. But it's only a matter of time before we lose it all to "progress." I'm old, have only Windows 7 and my software won't load on a higher operating system, and I don't know how to keep up with these changes and am worried about losing it all. If you're an expert, please help by suggesting a sensible technological upgrade! No two pages are completely alike on this website. If I could redo 10 pages a day, it would take about 2 years!

I would ask those who are enjoying this site to PLEASE contribute at least a little to helping us keep it going. Believe me, even small contributions help! This is the only site where you are likely to find most of the Cap Guns ever made. The site will always be free to use, but it's not free for me.

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Thank you "History Buffs & Collectors"—Mike Nichols, Texas



Lone Star Trail Boss and Box
This Lone Star Trail Boss is so rare they are not even listed in the Backyard Buckaroos book. The gun has a flash chrome finish on it. If that isn't enough, it has a great box with it!

Presented by Scott McCollum




Nice photo of a nice set of Lone Star Cap Guns. From Top to Bottom: Wyatt Earp, Cisco Kid, Texas Ranger, Night Rider, Lawman, Gunslinger, Big Sixgun.

This is submitted by Steve Arlin.




Here's a Cisco kid from Lone Star and box.

Thanks Ron Joyner!



Here's the same Cap Gun, but a different packaging. And red grips. This one is DEAD MINT!

Thanks Scott McCollum.





Lone Star Cisco Kid
If I were to guess, then I would think that this slight variation of the Cisco Kid from Lone Star was the first variation that they made. Why? Because it doesn't have the Cisco Kid circle on the rear part behind the cylinder. And, of course, it's true that my logic could easily be backwards!
All photos thanks to Chuck Quinn
Be Sure To Click On The Thumbnails!



Plain Lone Star Version - 1949 (Slikka)
Here is the same Cisco Kid "type," but without the Cisco Kid name and no fancy scrollwork on the barrel. Probably a later model so they didn't have to pay royalty fees. This particular gun has "Slikka" cast into the back of the cap chamber, which was the name before they became Lone Star in 1950. It was made in 1949.

Thanks for the photos from Austrin Mckenna



Geoff says that the gun pictured above is the original Lone Star offering. You will notice that it is almost identical to the Cisco Kid gun. He says that it is quite rare.
Photo by Geoffrey Ambridge



Lone Star Secret Agent
Here is the pocket gun that you probably need so you can get out of some rough scrapes with the bad guys.

Many thanks to Karen Harper !





Big Six Gun Lone Star Revolver



Here is a clone that Lone Star made of the Nichols Spit-Fire. It is the Westerner, pictured here on the bottom. It is virtually identical. I guess they didn't fear patent laws or figured that Uncle Talley wouldn't want to sue a company in England.
CLICK ON PHOTO FOR CLOSE-UP

This is submitted by Jim Mair of Jim's Vintage Toys!



Here's yet two more versions that are virtually clones of the Nichols Spit-Fire: The Ring Fire (above) and the Rustler (below).
CLICK ON PHOTO FOR CLOSE-UP

From Beck Cooper



Lone Star Clone of Nichols Dyna-Mite
Here we have an unabashed copy of the Nichols Dyna-Mite from Lone Star of England.
Thanks to Doug Hamilton for the photos.





Lone Star Gunslinger Revolver

Here are a pair of rare "Gunslinger" Cap Guns by Lone Star. You won't really see very many of these, even though they are similar to others in the Lone Star series.

Thanks to David Denton.





You can read, "GUNSLINGER" on this Cap Gun a lot more easily. And here we also have the box.
Photo by Chuck Quinn



Night Rider in Blue
This is a very rare Night Rider in Blue. They are so rare that I'm not sure how many colors they came in.

Many thanks to Chuck and Dorothy Quinn



Night Rider in Chrome
Here the same Cap Gun, but in chrome.

Many thanks to Chuck and Dorothy Quinn



Lone Star Maverick

Thank you so much Willy Henson for these photos!





Here's another set of Maverick Cap Guns WITH A FINE HOLSTER SET. These Cap Guns have the heavy caramel swirl in the grips that I really like and makes them a little more rare.
Photos by Scott Cushwa
BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE THUMBNAILS




This is the same basic bunch of Lone Star Maverick Cap Guns, imported from England for Carnell and it is a really nice set. The holster is dead mint.
Photo by Rich Hall of Cap Gun Toys



Here's another rare Lone Star offering from Jim. The Cowpoke Junior. I wonder why this Cap Gun is so rare? Sometimes the lesser guns don't get collected as much and therefore just get "lost in the cracks."
Photo by Jim Manning of JM Toys



Lone Star Cowpoke
Here is the Cowpoke from Lone Star. It also has the Notch Bar lettering on the outside top of the grips.

Be Sure To Click On The Thumbnails!

All Photos Thanks To Frank Potemski


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